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Pupils engage in a huge variety of dance styles throughout Years 7 to 9, developing their knowledge, skills and understanding of dance as an art form. Dance plays a key part in contemporary culture and pupils study a wide range of professional works which reflect the diverse and exciting nature of this subject. At the beginning of each half-term a new professional work is introduced with which pupils engage both physically, emotionally and intellectually. The course is underpinned by the three elements of dance: choreography, performance and appreciation. Pupils have the opportunity to explore their own movement ideas through a range of creative tasks which often link to the professional works.

The highlight for many dance enthusiasts is the biennial dance show which takes place at Arlington Arts Theatre.  This lively and exciting performance celebrates dancing achievement and includes solo and group recitals and performances from GCSE students, who choreograph, direct and dance in their own pieces.

Challenge & Extension: There is a wide range of co-curricular events and lessons, designed to inspire and challenge all girls, including ballet clubs, professional dance company workshops and regular trips to the theatre to see live dance performances. 

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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